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City’s first baby

first_imgFacebook Linkedin Advertisement Print Previous articleTipoki back in Munster sideNext articleAnother Limerick landmark set to pull down shutters admin WhatsAppcenter_img NewsLocal NewsCity’s first babyBy admin – January 2, 2009 662 Email THE first baby born in Limerick in 2009 was Jessica Meyler from Shannon.Her mother Elaine gave birth at 12.53am in St Munchin’s Regional Maternity Hospital. Jessica weighed 8lbs 10 ounces. Her father John moved from Dublin to Shannon with his wife three years ago.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The next child born at 4.28am in St Munchin’s was John William O’Riordan from Bruff, Co Limerick who weighed in 7lbs 2 ounces. Twitterlast_img read more

Syracuse looks to improve digging, grab 1st ACC win of season

first_img Published on October 9, 2014 at 12:10 am Contact Chris: [email protected] | @ChrisLibonati Facebook Twitter Google+ Two Atlantic Coast Conference weekends have led to no wins and four losses for the Syracuse volleyball team, and its digging struggles have contributed to the slow start.This weekend, Syracuse (7-9, 0-4 ACC) will duel Miami (Florida) and Pittsburgh, two teams that generally hit well. Against teams that do, the Orange is surrendering a hitting percentage just under 20 percent, which is good for 153rd in the nation. Pittsburgh (13-2, 1-1) is ranked fifth in the nation in kills per set and Miami (9-6, 2-2) is 51st in the nation in hitting percentage. For SU, being consistent from game to game has been a noticeable problem, and improving its digging could start mitigating the problem. SU has had three freshmen defensive specialists play during conference play and they’re looking to conquer a learning curve.“When you’re not playing well one game,” senior middle blocker Lindsey McCabe said, “that doesn’t mean that the rest of the season is going to be a disaster. Each game is its own event.”It’s been the defense that’s had a hard time at the front of the Orange’s conference slate. SU ranks 12th in the nation in blocks per set, but ranks 237th in the nation in digs per set. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHead coach Leonid Yelin said he believes the team is struggling more with its discipline on hits than anything else. He said the team needs to focus on digging more “position balls” than “crazy balls,” as he terms them. “Position balls” are hit to a spot where someone is supposed to be and can dig the ball. “Crazy balls” are those that find a gap in the defense and are much harder to defend, but those are the ones the team is chasing. To improve, SU is using various drills to get players to stay in good position to execute digs. “We are hitting balls to positions where they have to stay (so) they get a habit to stay,” Yelin said. “If you have an old habit, you’re not going to build anything until you bury it, kill the old one.”The team has also been working on “digging from the pins” said Dana Crispi, a freshman defensive specialist. A hitter will knock the ball from different angles to get players used to seeing the ball from various angles.While Yelin emphasized positioning drills to improve, players stressed the importance of reading the other teams’ hitters. Crispi and Belle Sand, another freshman defensive specialist, both emphasized the importance of reading a player’s arm to know where the ball is going. To prepare for Miami and Pittsburgh, the team took reps to practice reading the hitters.Improving on digs is important for the team in getting back on track. And while strong digging is important to create scoring opportunities, they can also stop opponents from gaining momentum — and create some for the digging team. “Nothing is more helpful to get the team jacked than if you get an amazing dig,” Sand said. “When an opposing hitter creams the ball and you somehow get it up, the team goes wild.” Commentslast_img read more

Police search for answers after a man is fatally shot in Boca Raton

first_imgThe Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is currently searching for answers after a Hispanic male was found shot to death outside of a home in unincorporated Boca Raton.The incident was reported Friday around 8:30 pm, in the area of Tavernier Drive near Yamato Road.Officials say, they received a call that evening after the victim was found on the ground.Upon further inspection, it was determined that the victim had been shot and was deceased.At this time, authorities have no suspects nor do they have a motive for the situation.If you have any information about this incident, you are asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-458-TIPS.last_img read more

Goldette brings the Rumble Back to the Hill

first_imgGOLDETTE SHIELDSBack in 1971 Maurice Lucas, Jeep Kelly and Rickey Coleman were winning state basketball championships and Sam Clancy, Warnie Macklin, Puffy Kennedy and Bill Clarke were in Elementary school and Major Harris was barely out of diapers.1971 was also the last time a sanctioned boxing event was held in the historic Pittsburgh’s Hill District.On June 7, Shields of Faith LLC Promotions put on a boxing card at the New YMCA on the Hill billed as “The Rumble on the Hill.”You heard the old cliché, “Anything men can do, women can do better!”  It was true on Saturday afternoon. Promoter Goldette Shields, CEO of Shields of Faith LLC, did something no man in 43 years could accomplish. She put on a sanctions boxing card on the Hill.“Boxing is really dying down, but when you know somebody is putting on a boxing show in your community that will make you work harder to come and get your shine on for your family,” said Shields.  “I got into boxing when I was young from being bad in the streets. I played professional football in Pittsburgh, Erie and in Florida.  I also won the state of West Virginia Toughman contest and I still hold the record for the quickest knockout of 36 seconds.  I studied Mike Tyson and what he taught me is to never let anybody come out the corner.  I’m going to jump on you like a cat and have an easy night.”last_img read more

Raiders irony: Al Davis’ best draft selection ever pretty much picked himself

first_imgRaiders owner Al Davis was the walking, talking embodiment of the top-down management style. He was the final authority. … The Raiders have a top-five pick in the NFL draft, and three in tonight’s first round. That’s a lot of opportunity, and a significant amount of pressure to get it right and send the franchise off to Las Vegas in the right direction.For inspiration, let’s take a look at the Raiders’ best and worst draft picks in history:The 1981 draft1: Marcus Allen (boon).last_img read more

Draft law highlights kids’ plight

first_img4 November 2004Cape Town – Crammed in a small shack subdivided into four tiny rooms lives 16-year-old Jason, his HIV-positive mother and his two grandparents. His mother is too sick to work, so the small family is forced to survive on the pensions the grandparents receive.“We have nothing,” says Jason. “No money, no clothes or even a house of our own … our life is too hard. No privacy and no freedom. We are slaves inside it.”Jason is just one of 14 million South African children living in poverty, with abuse or neglect. According to the Institute for a Democratic Alternative in South Africa (Idasa), 75% of these, or 11 million children, live in dire poverty.The South African Law Reform Commission (SALRC) was tasked in 1997 to develop a Children’s Bill that would be in line with the Constitution and bring together all legislation relating to children.After six years of research, the SALRC handed the first section of the draft Bill to the Department of Social Development in January 2003. This was examined by various government departments and submitted to Parliament for public debate in August 2004.However, once the government departments had picked through the Bill, it was a “shell” of the SALRC’s original document, says the programme manager of the Children’s Institute at the University of Cape Town, Paula Proudlock.The parliamentary hearings were tense as welfare organisations and the government argued over key points that had been excluded from the original draft Bill.“We want about 70 percent of what was cut out put back in”, says Proudlock.Of special concern was the removal of an inter-sectoral National Policy Framework (NPF), which bound all government structures and departments in the welfare sector to a common vision.“The single worst problem facing the children’s sector is that different departments work in boxes”, says Proudlock. “Children get stuck in the system.”Abused children are currently shunted between the police, the courts, local government, social services and sometimes even the Health Department before their problem is addressed, she says.The establishment of the National Policy Framework, according to Proudlock, would help make the process more efficient and less painful for the affected children, allowing for the proper care of abused children, from the reporting of an incident to its eventual conclusion.Other points of contention were:The removal of provisions designed to address the situation of children in specifically difficult circumstances, including issues relating to malnourishment, street children, children with disabilities or chronic illnesses, child labour and prostitution.The lack of special provisions for refugee children and undocumented foreign children.The removal of the chapter on funding, grants, subsidies and budgetary provision by state bodies for vulnerable children. The chapter was meant to be taken up by the Social Assistance Bill.The chief director of children, youth and family in the Department of Social Development, Maria Mabetoa, said the social development portfolio committee was taking into consideration the concerns raised in the public hearings.She said efforts were under way to close the gap between the department and organisations on the ground.Proudlock is optimistic that most of the excisions in the draft Bill will be replaced and revised.“Although public hearings on the first part of the Bill have closed, with the Bill expected to be passed by parliament by the middle of 2005, parliamentarians are still open to receiving input from relevant organisations that set up meetings with the portfolio committee”, Mabetoa said.The second part of the Bill is scheduled for debate in August 2005.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Mandela portrait breaks record

first_imgA signed portrait of Nelson Mandela, photographed by Adrian Steirn who created the 21 Icons series, was sold for a record $200 000. (Image: Adrian Steirn ) MEDIA CONTACTS • Samantha GibbsMedia Liaison21 Icons +27 21 419 3189 RELATED ARTICLES • Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory launched • Mandela: a life in books • Mandela’s love of children • Nelson Mandela’s words of wisdom • Mandela: childhood heroes and lessonsMelissa Jane CookAn image depicting Nelson Mandela’s face reflected in a mirror has been bought by a private art collector in New York City.The signed portrait was photographed by Adrian Steirn, who created the 21 Icons series. It sold for a record $200 000 – just over R2 million – the highest amount ever received for a South African photograph. “I wanted Madiba to hold a mirror so that we could see a man reflecting on his life. As he reflects on his life, we reflect on his legacy and our future,” Steirn said, using Mandela’s clan name.It was the first in the series of portraits of iconic South Africans, a three-year project. The subjects are the men and women who have helped shape the nation on its journey from oppression to democracy. Eykyn Maclean, the New York and London art gallery, facilitated the sale of the Mandela portrait.Specialising in Impressionist and 20th century European and American Art, gallery co-owner Christopher Eykyn said that the photograph was a rare and valuable find for the gallery. “Adrian Steirn’s medium is photography, his tool a camera, but thanks to his skill as an artist in the centuries-old tradition of portraiture, Steirn preserves for posterity a visual manifestation of the innermost character of his subjects – as exemplified in his spellbinding portrait of Nelson Mandela.”The remaining portraits of these world-famous activists and politicians will be auctioned off in March 2014. The proceeds will be donated to the charity of each subject’s choice. They include former president FW de Klerk; Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu; anti-apartheid activist Sophia Williams-De Bruyn; Nobel winning novelist Nadine Gordimer; environmental and human rights activist Kumi Naidoo; artists William Kentridge and Helen Sebidi; musicians Johnny Clegg and Yvonne Chaka Chaka; and sports champions Gary Player and Evelina Tshabalala.“To document this group of iconic individuals and, through their portraits, to benefit their chosen charities, was fundamental to our ambition for this project. It’s our way of giving back to South Africa,” said Steirn.The anonymous buyer said about the portrait: “I am honoured to own what has already become an iconic image of one of the greatest statesmen the world has ever known. In a single frame the photographer has captured the essence of dignity, principle, conviction and courage in this great man from whose life’s work and dedication to a greater cause we all have much to learn, and by which I am inspired daily.”The money for the photograph will be donated to the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital, currently under construction in Johannesburg, and to the World Wildlife Fund. Mandela had many dreams of a children’s hospital and campaigned for funds for its construction long before he fell ill. The state-of-the-art hospital is scheduled to open late in 2014. It will be a 200-bed facility providing world-class paediatric care irrespective of social and economic status.Steirn said: “I am delighted to support the Children’s Hospital in honour of Nelson Mandela, the inspiration for 21 Icons. To raise crucial funds for so many important South African charities is a fitting tribute to Madiba as well as the other icons.”Born in Sydney, Australia, Steirn’s affinity for Africa began as a child during a family trip to the continent. He later returned a number of times before settling in South Africa in 2007. He trained at the San Francisco Academy of Fine Art.last_img read more

Video: Randall Cobb Claims Aaron Rodgers “Went Dark” On Him After He Reached Out About A Final Four Bet

first_imgrandall cobb kentucky final fourrandall cobb kentucky final fourKentucky alum Randall Cobb, now a Green Bay Packer, confirmed last night that despite living in Wisconsin, he’ll be rooting for the Wildcats in Saturday night’s Final Four contest. It looks like he’s also willing to wager on UK ahead of the game. Cobb, who joined SportsCenter this morning, claims he’s tried to reach out to Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers about making a bet on the game, but Rodgers has gone “dark” on him. Rodgers has been seen at numerous Wisconsin games rooting on the Badgers during the NCAA Tournament.Please excuse the video quality.Cobb still has a few hours to find Rodgers, but apparently, he also needs to find tickets. We’ll see if the two come to an agreement.last_img read more

Video: FSU QB Sean Maguire Suffers Ugly Injury In Peach Bowl

first_imgSean Maguire gets hit during the Peach Bowl.sean maguire suffers injury during peach bowlUpdate: Maguire has returned to the game, but he doesn’t look to be in great shape. His left foot is heavily taped. We’ll keep you updated.A taped up ankle isn’t enough to stop Sean Maguire! @FSU_Football fans are PUMPED. pic.twitter.com/Loz4UXVabe— ACC Digital Network (@theACCDN) December 31, 2015Earlier: Florida State is down to its third-string quarterback. Sean Maguire, who started today’s Peach Bowl contest against Houston, suffered what appears to be a serious leg injury near the end of the first quarter. Maguire, after throwing an incomplete pass, was hit hard by a Cougars defender and landed awkwardly. He wasn’t able to put any pressure on his left leg and needed to be carted off the field.Florida State’s second-string quarterback, Everett Golson, did not make the trip after a death in the family earlier this month.Play that took Sean Maguire out of the game: #PeachBowl #Noles https://t.co/b0M43DYOH9— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) December 31, 2015FSU QB Sean Maguire leaves #PeachBowl with apparent leg injury & is taken back to the locker room. pic.twitter.com/16xQdrKBfo— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) December 31, 2015J.J. Cosentino is now in the game for the Seminoles. Houston leads 7-3.last_img read more

Death Review Panel releases recommendations on reducing youth suicide

first_imgThe Panel, chaired by Michael Egilson, included 19-panel experts with expertise in youth-related services, such as child welfare and mental health.According to Egilson, suicide is the leading cause of death among youth in B.C. and says that almost 70 percent of serious mental health issues emerge before the age of 25.To view the Review Panel’s full report, you can visit the B.C. Coroner Service’s website. VICTORIA, B.C. – The Death Review Panel has released key recommendations to the B.C. Coroners Service into child and youth suicides.According to a report, the Panel identified three key areas to reduce child and youth suicide deaths and improve public safety.The Panel recommends that the Province adopts a mental well-being strategy as part of social-emotional learning for students, identify and distribute provincial best practice youth mental health guidelines, and expand youth mental health services.last_img read more